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Ergonomics 101

Jiho Han, Scott Hanselman, and my fiancé are all having ergonomic problems, so I wanted to post a little ergonomic 101 refresher for all you computer workers out there!


Ergonomics.com in Australia (what a name, huh?) has this page on how to sit at a computer. – read time: 5 minutes


PageWise has some tips on ergonomic exercises to help with computer fatigue (yes it is possible for desk jockeys like us to get fatigued!). – read time: 10 minutes



UpdateXP has a good overview article by MVP Marc Liron on computer workstation ergonomics. – read time: 10 minutes


HealthComputing.com has an extensive list of all computing health concerns, from office ergonomics to injuries to mobile ergonomics and even kid ergonomics! Check out the free newsletter. – read time: 1-2 hours for the whole site, less for individual pages


CU Ergo is Cornell University’s Ergonomics web. They have quick ergo tips, instructions on how to choose an ergonomic chair, a business justification of ergonomics for your boss, and a bunch of tools. Check out the 10-step checklist for work stations. – read time: 2-4 hours for the whole site, less for individual pages

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4 Responses to Ergonomics 101

  1. Darrell says:

    Scott, I don’t know what the first sentence you quoted means. Everything I’ve ever heard is that you do not rest your wrists on anything while typing. During typing breaks, rest away!

  2. Scott says:

    Is it just me, or does everyone else notice the way the articles above all contradict one another.

    They say to use a wrist rest when typing, to keep your wrists straight, and then tell you not to rest your wrists while typing.

    To rest or not to rest? That is the question.

    For example from the UpdateXP article:

    "A padded wrist rest will help to keep your wrist in a straight and neutral position while typing and keep your arms off the sharp edges of the work surface.

    Do not rest your wrists or hands on a palm or wrist rest when you are keying. These rests are designed to provide support only during breaks from keying."

  3. Darrell says:

    Yeah I did! :) We got engaged back in August.

  4. Grant says:

    fiancé? You snuck that in! Congratulations!

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